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During a press conference held by the CNI on 5 November, at Valletta, the CNI Chairman strongly condemned the European Union that is denying its citizens to say whether they agree or not with the new treaty that is going to be signed on 13 December.
The Union knows that the vast majority of the citizens (more than 70 percent, including Maltese citizens) want a referendum on the treaty, but the Union absolutely does not want this because it is afraid that it will be rejected as had happened in 2005 to the Union Constitutional Treaty.
The CNI Chairman also condemned the fact that the Union denied the request to publish the treaty amendments together with the existing treaties that they amend.
The Union said that it is not going to do so before all the Union countries had ratified the treaty.
This denial is intended so that the people
will not be able to examine what the treaty that had specifically been written
in such a way that the people would not understand it and not object to it
The CNI Chairman criticized the Maltese Parliament that is going to vote in favour of the treaty without having discussed it.
There are a number of reasons
for which the Maltese Parliament should not approve the treaty.
According to the CNI, the treaty is going to add 68 cases of decisions that the Union can take without the consent of all the member countries.
That is why Malta is endangering that in 68 new cases it may not agree with the Union’s majority decisions and will have to submit to them just the same.
In 49 new cases in the treaty, the national Parliament of the member countries are going to lose from their influence on the Union.
cases is the treaty ging
to give more influence to the European Parliament than it has today.
If the treaty is going to strengthen the Union, such as when it is going to give it 105 new competences that it does not have today, it is going to take them away from the governments of the member countries.
The Union is going to
increase vastly its employees for the new powers that the treaty gives it.
The President of the Union is going to have a staff of 3,500 employees, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security is going to have a staff of 5,000 employees.
The CNI speaker showed how it is not true that Malta is going to gain with the treaty.
The sixth seat in the European Parliament of 751 members does not mean anything.
With the treaty voting system, the strength of Malta is going to decrease, because while today in the
* Council of Ministers Malta has three votes from 345 votes,
* with the new treaty Malta’s strength is going to be 1 in 1,250
* (a population of 400,000 in a Union population of
* Today Malta has a Commissioner.
* With the treaty, every ten years, Malta will not have a Commissioner for five years.
* Today, Malta will have the Presidency of the Union every 13 and a half years.
With the treaty Malta
loses this right.
The CNI Chairman insisted that according to the new treaty
the Union will have a common foreign policy, this will not be a policy of
neutrality that Malta has in the Constitution.
The same thing is going to happen as regards the common defence policy according to the treaty.
For Malta this means that our country
will breach the Maltese Constitution that does not allow us be part of a
The treaty also insists that the Union laws are above the laws made by our Parliament and the decisions of the Union Court binds the Maltese Courts.
Because of all this, the Maltese Parliament should not vote in favour of the
Union Treaty, insisted the
They have praised the new Treaty called a European Union Reform treaty without explaining what it contains.
They do not even want the people to read and understand it, so much so that it is purposely made in such a way that it cannot be read and understood except by legal experts and by those who are used to amending the laws.
Because they do not want to run the risk that the people will
understand it and would therefore have to vote against it.
The European Union does not want to give the opportunity to the people to say whether they agree with the treaty because it is afraid that they will say that they do not agree with it.
That is why it does not want a referendum about it.
This fact is the greatest popular condemnation that the Union can earn – that
clearly shows that the people do not approve what the Union is doing.
The treaty can enter into effect on the strength of the votes of the parliamentary members who vote, but it will lack the people’s democratic legitimacy.
The Union cannot give itself a better certificate of the lack of popular support.
The treaty, more than reforming it, is going to distance it
from the people who are not going to forget that it denied them the democratic
right to say how the Union should be run.
The more politicians boast about the treaty, while they
insist that no referenda be held about it, the more the people will condemn them
that they want to impose on them things that the people feel will not do them
One of the main accusations that are made to the European Union is that it lacks democracy, the "democratic deficit".
With the treaty that is not going to be presented for referenda, the accusation of the Union "democratic deficit" is going to increase more.
How can the Union
preach democracy to other countries when it is denying it to the citizens of its
What value do the many meeting, conferences and seminars that the Union organizes at great expense to feign that it listens to what the citizens have to say, when the Union then does what it wants and does not let the citizens decide what should be done by the Union?
* It really is a Union of
politicians and not of the people!
* It is amazing how the European Union,
* notwithstanding the many millions that it spends in propaganda,
* that it gives to the means of mass communications and to those who influence public opinion,
* it just the same cannot garner popular support,
* so much so that it evades holding referenda because it knows that it will lose them.
The Leaders of the Union and of the member states are cowards that do not have the capability to persuade their people that the new treaty is going to better the situation of the people and therefore are going to impose it on the people without explaining to them what it really contains.
* The European
people are worthy of being treated better!
The Maltese Government has revealed that last week the European Commission had written to it about the Smart City agreement that it had concluded with a company from Dhubai.
The Commission wants to investigate if the
Government with its agreement has given State aid to the Dhubai company that is
going to give it an advantage on competitor companies, and thus disturb
The Government stated that it had told the Commission that
it believes that with the agreement that it had concluded it had not violated EU
This fact witnesses in what humiliating situation our country is on the strength of the Union membership.
The Maltese Government cannot even conclude a
commercial agrement that it believes will be for the good of the country,
because the agreement will not be compatible with the Union commercial policy!
You can imagine where would the European Union have been sent to if we had a Government led by Architect Mintoff and it tried to obstruct what he was doing for the good of Malta!
The Smart City agreement had the approval of the Maltese Parliament.
But the vote of the Maltese Parliament in its favour is worthless for the European Union.
If the Union does not agree with it, the Maltese Government will be condemned to pay a hefty fine, and the Maltese Parliament would have to vote for the money so that the fine will be paid.
Can a national
Parliament stoop lower than this?
The European Parliament is no parliament at all.
It considers many reports, passes many resolutions and votes on many laws that are made by the European Commission or the Council of Ministers, and appoints a great number of committees in different sectors.
During one Parliamentary sitting an endless number of votes are taken.
It is difficult for 785 members to
correctly follow what votes are being taken.
The lack of seriousness of the European Parliament was greatly shown during one of the sittings that was held some weeks ago in Strasbourg.
In six voting occasions during the same sitting, whoever was presiding declared that the majority had approved the amendments.
But when some
members objected and demanded that an electronic vote be taken, it resulted on
the six occasions that whoever was presiding had made a mistake, and the
majority had voted against, not in favour of the amendments.
Similar mistakes are frequently made because of the great quantity of votes that are taken in a very short time.
But objections are not always made.
And thus the
European Parliament frequently passes laws that in fact had not been approved by
a majority of the members.
Maltese Parliament approved the great expense that our country will have to make
to implement the Schengen agreement with which citizens of the European Union
countries can travel from one country to another European Union country without
passports and controls and this is also with respect to the transport of
Our country is going to have 40 members of the Police Corps working on this Schengen arrangement, which would be better called “Great Madness”.
Because it is a great madness today, when there are so many terrorism threats, so much drug trafficking and prostitution, and so much organized criminality spread throughout many countries, that a country removes or reduces controls on who enters and what merchandise enters into the country.
Today more controls are
required, not their removal.
Thursday 8 November 2007.
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